What does levy mean?

Definitions for levyˈlɛv i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word levy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. levy(noun)

    a charge imposed and collected

  2. levy, levy en masse(verb)

    the act of drafting into military service

  3. levy, impose(verb)

    impose and collect

    "levy a fine"

  4. recruit, levy, raise(verb)

    cause to assemble or enlist in the military

    "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers"


  1. levy(Noun)

    The act of levying

  2. levy(Noun)

    The tax, property or people so levied

  3. levy(Verb)

    To impose (a tax or fine) to collect monies due, or to confiscate property

  4. levy(Verb)

    To draft someone into military service

  5. levy(Verb)

    To wage war

  6. Origin: From leve, from levee, from lever "to raise".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Levy(noun)

    a name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar (or 12/ cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at 7s. 6d

  2. Levy(noun)

    the act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the levy of troops, taxes, etc

  3. Levy(noun)

    that which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc

  4. Levy(noun)

    the taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution

  5. Levy(verb)

    to raise, as a siege

  6. Levy(verb)

    to raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription, etc

  7. Levy(verb)

    to raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions

  8. Levy(verb)

    to gather or exact; as, to levy money

  9. Levy(verb)

    to erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up; as, to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc

  10. Levy(verb)

    to take or seize on execution; to collect by execution

  11. Levy(verb)

    to seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods

  12. Origin: [F. leve, fr. lever to raise. See Lever, and cf. Levee.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Levy

    lev′i, v.t. to raise: to collect by authority, as an army or a tax:—pr.p. lev′ying; pa.t. and pa.p. lev′ied.n. the act of collecting by authority: the troops so collected. [L. levāre, to raise.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of levy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of levy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Talal Okal:

    Only ministers should levy taxes and not Hamas.

  2. Deepesh Rathore:

    The (higher truck) levy will just go back to whoever is hiring the trucks. So eventually the consumer ends up paying the levy and inhaling the gas fumes.

  3. Anthony Browne:

    Proposals to consider could include the levy to be capped in terms of its rate and a sunset clause introduced so that banks can begin to plan for a future without the levy.

  4. Superintendent Tim Bruce:

    We have never failed a tax levy, with the tax shift, I’m starting to hear from some people that they may not be able to afford to vote ‘yes,’ because they can’t afford it.

  5. The British government:

    Analysis of the responses shows that the impact of a tobacco levy on the tobacco market would be similar to a duty rise, with tobacco manufacturers and importers passing the levy onto consumer prices, as tobacco duties have already increased this year and will continue to increase by more than inflation each year in this parliament, the government has decided not to introduce a levy on manufacturers and importers.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • llevaCatalan, Valencian
  • trethWelsh
  • afgiftDanish
  • AbgabenGerman
  • reclutar, multarSpanish
  • sakotus, veronkanto, sakottaa, verottaa, kutsunnat, sotia, ulosotto, [[ottaa]] [[sotaväki, ulosmitata, [[käydä]] [[sotaa]], sotaväenotto, kutsua palvelukseen, ulosottaa, takavarikko, takavarikoida, verotus, [[määrätä]] [[vero]]Finnish
  • prélèvement, taxe, impôtFrench
  • imporreItalian
  • 課税Japanese
  • huiuscemodi indictioneLatin
  • karawhiunga, karawhiuMāori
  • pobierać, ściągaćPolish
  • convocarPortuguese
  • impozitare, taxa, recruta, impozita, taxareRomanian
  • взима́ть, обложе́ние, сбор, взима́ниеRussian
  • uttaxeringSwedish

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